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  • Author appearances: Tim Gunn signs newest book at Naperville’s North Central Mar 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Fashion consultant and TV personality Tim Gunn, of TV's "Project Runway," discusses his new book, "The Natty Professor," at 7 p.m Thursday, April 2, in Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

  • Read 'Birdology' and you won't mind being a bird brain Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. You're way smarter than a bird and your brain's much bigger, but what are you gonna do? You're going to read “Birdology” by Monica Russo, photographs by Kevin Byron, and next time someone says you're a birdbrain, you're going to say “Thank you!”

  • 4 African authors among Man Booker International finalists Mar 24, 2015 11:58 AM
    4 African authors among 10 finalists for Man Booker International Prize

  • Author appearances: Meet ‘One and Only Ivan’ author at Anderson’s in Naperville Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Katherine Applegate, author of "The One and Only Ivan," discusses and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Also, best-selling young adult author Richelle Mead discusses “The Ruby Circle,” the final book in her “Bloodlines” series, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

  • ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated Mar 19, 2015 6:33 AM
    A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago. Today, “Heather Has Two Mommies” seems visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations and tweaking the text to streamline. There’s one big change, but you have to squint to notice: Heather’s Mama Kate and Mama Jane wear little matching rings on their marriage fingers.

  • It’s March Makeover Madness at Algonquin Commons Mar 16, 2015 2:26 PM
    Are you wanting a new look for spring? Algonquin Commons is seeking entrants for its March Makeover Madness contest. Four winners will receive a new outfit along with hair and makeup styling.

  • Cheryl Strayed ponders life after a best-selling memoir Mar 15, 2015 7:00 AM
    “Wild” -- the book, the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, and its collective fandom -- has become the woman who is Cheryl Strayed. Now 46, she must both accept and choose how this phenomenon will define her career going forward. If she wants, she could surely ride the wave of her bestseller for years to come.

  • Author appearances: Jon Agee launches ‘It’s Only Stanley’ in Naperville Mar 14, 2015 7:00 AM
    Meet children’s book author Jon Agee as he launches his book “It’s Only Stanley” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. To receive a number for the book-signing line, purchase “It’s Only Stanley” from Anderson’s.

  • Learn about the disgusting, the curious, the entertaining Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    Take a good look at your hand. It can scratch, grab, twist and pluck. You even have an extra, if you need it — but why are there five fingers on each hand, and 10 toes on your feet? That's just one of the cool questions you'll have answered when you read three new books by Glenn Murphy.

  • Jimmy Carter memoir to be published in July Mar 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Not many ex-presidents have lived to age 90, and Jimmy Carter wants to share the experience. Simon & Schuster announced Friday that Carter’s “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety” will be published July 7.

  • Author appearances: Veronica Roth comes to the Tivoli March 14 Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Former Barrington resident and best-selling author Veronica Roth will be on hand to help celebrate the movie tie-in of her book "Insurgent" at an author event at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

  • Buffalo Grove father-son team publishes poetry book Mar 5, 2015 9:51 AM
    “Call Me Mysterious” is a poetry book written by Fred Axelrod and illustrated by his son Justin. Fred and Justin, who both reside in Buffalo Grove.

  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins Mar 5, 2015 6:00 AM
    The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express. Published in January, it was billed as “this year’s ‘Gone Girl’” — a label that has turned out to be much more than publishers’ wishful thinking. The book has topped best-seller lists and become a book-club favorite, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

  • Constable: 3 years in Schaumburg hotel, book on Guyana emerges Mar 3, 2015 1:34 PM
    Growing up in a mining town in the jungles of Guyana, Conrad Taylor became that South American nation's first person accepted into West Point. Perhaps even more impressive is that he wrote his award-winning biography while living in a Schaumburg hotel for three years.

  • Veronica Roth working on new series; 1st book due in 2017 Mar 2, 2015 7:34 AM
    Veronica Roth fans can start the countdown. “The Divergent” author, who grew up in Barrington, is set to write a new two-book series, HarperCollins Children’s Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The books currently are untitled, with the first one expected in 2017 and the next in 2018. Roth and her publisher offered few specifics, beyond saying the series is in “the vein of ‘Star Wars’” and will tell of a boy’s “unlikely alliance” with an enemy.

  • Author appearances: Mary Doria Russell signs books in Gurnee Feb 27, 2015 10:10 AM
    Mary Doria Russell, author of "Epitaph," discusses her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Visit

  • Batavia authors chronicle their faith journeys Feb 25, 2015 1:52 PM
    Doubt can be a painful emotion to deal with, whether dealing with personal issues or dealing with spiritual ones. Batavia author Ann C. Sullivan examines how doubt can affect our lives in her new book, “Permission to Doubt,” published by Kregel Publications.

  • Budget-friendly fun: Brass Ambassadors perform in Lake Forest Feb 24, 2015 1:02 PM
    Five professional brass instrumentalists perform classical, Dixieland and march selections as the Brass Ambassadors of the Great Lakes Naval Band perform in concert at the Village Church of Lincolnshire.

  • Author appearances: Nigel Barker talks ‘Models of Influence’ in Naperville Feb 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker, of the Oxygen channel’s “The Face,” discusses his new book, “Models of Influence,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. New York Times best-selling author Allison Pataki discusses her new title, “The Accidental Empress,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.

  • Take a look — Dr. Seuss has a new book Feb 19, 2015 6:24 AM
    More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss. Random House Children's Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author's home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary.

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